Fantastic Beasts is back at the top of the weekend box office. The latest installment of the Harry Potter prequel series won the box office while the other two new wide releases opened inside the top five.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opened with $62.2 million from over 4,000 theaters. This opening is slightly lower than the $74.4 million the original film brought in back in 2016. This franchise has been hoping to use its connection to Harry Potter to try and have the same box office success, but this franchise has yet to be as successful.
The film’s reviews have been slightly as it only has a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film did very well internationally as it brought in $191 million as the film had a worldwide opening of $253 million, the 38th largest global debut of all-time.
The Grinch dropped to second place after enjoying last weekend as the box office champion. The film dropped 44 percent during its second weekend and brought in $38.2 million. The film is now just shy of $130 million domestically. A good two weeks for the animated film as it hopes to have continued success as the holiday season approaches.
Bohemian Rhapsody dropped one spot to third place with $15.7 million and also is sitting just shy of $130 million domestically. The Queen biopic only dropped 50 percent during its third weekend. The film brought in $45.5 million internationally for an international gross of $256 million.
Instant Family opened in fourth place with $14.7 million. The comedy film starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne has received some positive reviews and hopes that it will be an attractive film for families with the holiday season approaching.
The crime thriller Widows opened in fifth place with $12.3 million. The film had the best reviews of any film opening this weekend but a light performance at the box office as I expect this to be the only weekend this film is inside the top five.
Overlord and The Girl in the Spider’s Web both dropped over 60 percent during the second weekends. Overlord dropped five spots to eighth place with $3.9 million and is sitting just under $20 million domestically. The Girl in the Spider’s Web dropped three spots to ninth place with $2.5 million and is right around $14 million domestically.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($4.7 million), A Star is Born ($4.4 million) and Nobody’s Fool ($2.3 million) round out the rest of the top ten. A Star is Born continues to impress as it crosses $185 million domestically.
It will be very tough for Fantastic Beasts 2 to repeat as box office champion as plenty of releases are coming out over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We will have three new wide releases coming out this Wednesday including Creed II, the latest installment in the Rocky franchise starring Michael B. Jordan.
Weekend Gross by Distributor:
Warner Bros.: $67 million
Universal: $39.9 million
20th Century Fox: $28 million
Paramount Pictures: $20.8 million
Disney: $4.8 million
Sony Pictures: $4.6 million
Focus Features: $1.4 million
Next week’s openings: Creed II, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Robin Hood, The Front Runner (expands wide), Green Book (expands wide)